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Panpa Bulletin : March 2006
March 2006 PaNPa bUlletiN | 43 WHEN Baldwin Technologies were called upon to deliver a range of cleaning and dampen- ing equipment for a new printing press in Switzerland, they found themselves with a challenge. Swiss newspaper printer Basler Zeitung had just invested in a KBA Commander to take care of printing the daily paper Basler Zeitung, as well as external cus- tomers like direct mail houses. It proved to be a complex in- stallation, but Baldwin Technolo- gies worked closely with Basler Zeitung to solve them. Marc Bonzli, service manager at Basler Zeitung, said Baldwin Technolo- gies were more than happy to work with them on modifying the system. An example is a special rack that facilitates the exchange of washcloths in Baldwin's Impact Global cleaners. The Impact Global system for cleaning blankets and common impres- sion cylinders uses a unique cloth called Prepac, which is delivered in reels, impregnated with an environmentally friendly yet effective washing detergent. The cleaning process is highly auto- mated and extremely efficient. "Impact Global Prepac is very good at removing paper build-up and its effective cleaning gives a better print quality," said Bonzli. "Another advantage of the Prepac system is that it contains such small amounts of VOC that it can be handled like ordinary waste from the plant. This saves a significant amount of money as we avoid the tax on detergents and the costs of reprocessing and destruction. It also contributes to a better working environment. "The system is very robust and requires little maintenance. We conduct an overhaul of our Global Impact cleaners every 600 hours, and exchanging the Pre- pac washcloth is very straightfor- ward, which we do about every fourth week. The user friendli- ness of Baldwin's products has made them very popular with our press operators." One major advantage of the Baldwin equipment has been the ability to keep costs of wastage low during start up and opera- tion. "We've been able to reduce waste by about 75 per cent," said Bonzli. This has been helped by the common impression cylinder cleaners that permit effective cleaning at full speed with no wastage, and the spray dampen- ing system that ensures that the amount of moisture is exactly right no matter how fast the press is running." Baldwin's Constant C system, which keeps the spray nozzles free of ink, has also proved a win- ner at Basler Zeitung. "These are smart and robust solutions that provide exactly the quality and uniformity that we strive for in our production," said Bonzli. design ‘creep’ - it happens to the best of us during a recent conversa- tion, a client publisher used the term 'design creep.' "Oh, my," I thought. "What have I done to upset him?" The answer: nothing. His 'creep' was not person but an action. What he meant was that over time, design elements tend to metamorphose --- and other ele- ments tend to creep into the de- sign. No one seems to know how or when it occurred or who initiat- ed the change --- it just happened. Design creep is an ailment as universal as the common cold. It's just gonna happen. But---like the common cold---we can be on our guard for it and we can protect ourselves from letting it develop into something worse. Here are some tips: ---Create a comprehensive design style guide, one that addresses all the factors that affect a particular design element or specific page ---If you don't have a design style guide, create one. Don't know what makes a winning style guide? Go to www.henningerconsulting. com and leave a request with an e-mail address. We'll send a free sample out to you right away ---Keep your design style guide handy. Occasionally review it with your editors and pagina- tors as part of your ongoing staff development program ---If you don't have an ongo- ing staff development process, start one. And keep it going. ---When a staffer violates style, nudge that person with a gentle reminder that consistent style is important at your newspaper ---When you arrive at a consensus that a particular design element or page or package needs to be changed, follow through on that changeby updating the style guide ---Give someone in your news- room the responsibility and au- thoritytobeyourdesignwatchdog. If there's any creep, this is the per- son you want to identify it and fix it ---When your design watch- dog sounds the alarm, give him or her your support ---Develop an understanding in your newsroom that your design is as important as your reporting, your writing and your editing. Editors and staff- ers who foster good design will also watch for design creep Design creep often begins as a small speck of snow cours- ing slowly downhill. But if it isn't caught andcorrected,it mayeven- tually create a design landslide. Ed Henninger is an independent newspaper consultant and the Director of Henninger consulting. Just like death and taxes, design creep is unavoidable. however, you can set procedures in place to catch it before it gets too bad. Story by ed heninger. New cleaning process saving money design creep is an ailment as universal as the common cold. it’s just gonna happen. “impact global Prepac is very good at removing paper build-up and its effective cleaning gives a better print quality,”